Van Gerwen Obliterates Anderson To Setup Big Final Vs Michael Smith

After a lacklustre set of quarter finals that saw four shutouts take place, the 2019 World Darts Championship saw some remarkable performances.

The main event was also a shutout, but like all occasions of watching a top sportsman in their pomp, it no less compelling.

Two-time world champions Michael Van Gerwen and Gary Anderson were forced to follow a classic between Michael Smith and 750/1 debutant Nathan Aspinall.

Both put in an incredible shift on semi finals night, with Smith earning his first World final berth courtesy of a 6-3 win in sets.

Smith won the first six legs to go 2-0 up against the rank outsider, averaging 104. Aspinall fought back in sensational fashion to level it at 2-2, but could only win one further set as Smith smashed home a semi-final record of 17 180s.

Bully Boy’s match average of 105.22 was his best of the tournament, and left a near-impossible act for the top seeds to follow.

Van Gerwen was equal to the task however, and the Dutchman throttled Anderson, whom many were backing for the title, in devastating fashion.

MVG claimed the first five sets in a race to six, losing just three legs out of 18 as he hammered home numerous checkouts and averaged over 100 in all but the fifth set.

The Scotsman was flying after a much-needed break, reeling off two legs in the sixth set, but Van Gerwen hit back twice to send it to a decider that would have won him the match.

It took Anderson just 12 darts on his throw to avoid a whitewash, and he began the next set by taking out two double tops, getting the excitable Wayne Mardle on commentary wound up, even by his standards.

But having failed to take out 75 and then double six, MVG got back in to claim the next three legs for a dominant 6-1 win.

Though ‘Mighty’ Mike was imperious for much of the game, his overall average of 104.76 was lower than Smith’s, and a repeat from both tomorrow would ensure a wonderful final.

It will be his fourth World Final appearance, but as Rob Cross proved last year, the final first-timers can get the job done on New Year’s Day.

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